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The government will start a public dialogue with regard to standards and rights of mass media.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka says a public dialogue will be started with regard to standards and rights of mass media. The aim of this move is to protect the independence, free and multi faceted media culture and to promote professionalism of the journalists and media ethics.


The higher education minister requests the public not to look at the SAITM medical faculty through political view.

Minister of Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella says all should support to solve the issue of SAITM Medical Faculty in Malambe.


Some SLFP leaders point out that there is a move to divide the party.

Former Mayer of Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Municipal Council Janaka Ranawaka says some elements are conspiring to divide the Sri Lanka Freedom Party by their attempts to form a new political party. Some former members of local government bodies who are related to the joint opposition have made detrimental statements.


Student being beaten by a group in Kandy ; Min Sagala orders probe

Minister Sagala Rathnayake has informed the Police to conduct an investigation on the incident where a student of a main school in Kandy being attacked by a group of persons when he was leaving the premises.

The Minister has also instructed the DIG of Central Province to arrest the persons involved and to submit a report by 2.00 p.m. today. He has emphasized that stern measures should be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

Entire road system to be developed

Today is the 4th day of the committee stage discussion of the budget. Votes on accounts of the ministries of higher education and highway, science, technology and research as well as skills development and vocational training are being taken up for discussion today. Speaking at the debate state minister Dilan Perera said a programme to develop the entire road system of the country is now in progress.

Tenders have been called to develop the road from Badulla to Chankaladi. High road projects have been implemented in Northern and Eastern Provinces as well as in the Uva province and in two districts of the Western Province. State Minister Dilan Perera also added attention has been focused on completing the development activities of the road from Badulla to Kandy which has come to a standstill.

The president urges the commitment of scientists and researchers for the development of the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena states that the scientists and researchers should question themselves about their works whether they are focused on maximizing local resources for the betterment of country.


Ethnic harmony should be safeguard - FM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera accuses certain persons are attempting to create conflicts between Sinhala and Muslim communities. Their objective is to reverse the forward march of the country. Speaking in the parliament today, the minister pointed out the need of taking measures to safeguard ethnic harmony.

Today is the 3rd day of the committee stage discussion held in parliament. Votes on accounts of the ministries of education, internal affairs, Wayamba development and cultural affairs are taken up for discussion today. State minister of education V Radhakrishnan who joined the debate said the government has given priority to develop schools in rural areas.

Under this the sanitary facilities will be developed while power will also be supplied to those schools. Infrastructure facilities of 3000 primary schools are to be developed as well. He also added 29,000 schools in plantation areas will also be developed.

Electric trains soon in SL

Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil aviation Ashok Abeysinghe says a feasibility report is being prepared to introduce electric trains to the country.  The project had commenced on 7th of July this year.  Preliminary planning has already been completed. A project management institution and a steering committee have been appointed as well.  Speaking in the parliament the deputy minister disclosed a staff will be enrolled within the next month.  Special attention has also been focused on the Kelani Vallley railway line.  All activities will be completed within the next five years.

Govt has created a socio-economic & political transformation - Min Soyza

Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza says the government has created a socio economic and political transformation in the country. It has received support of all communities in this regard. Taking part in the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning, the minister added the people have placed the fullest trust on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Commenting on the Sri Lanka freedom party minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza said the party is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena. Therefore, all party members should support him. The Minister was of the view that the President has the ability to make the party stronger.

SL admitted to GCSP

Sri Lanka has been admitted to the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha represented Sri Lanka for the first time at the Foundation Council Meeting held last week
in Geneva. Welcoming Sri Lanka, Chairman of the Center Professor François Heisbourg expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would actively contribute towards the work of the organization.

The International Defence Attache Seminar to be organized by the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy is scheduled to be held in Colombo next month. The Ministry of Defence and the Kotelawala Defence University will also assist the organizing activities. It will be the first ever seminar to be organized by the center in the South and East Asia region. The Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy is an international foundation established in 1995, which focuses on promoting peace, security and stability through education, research and dialogue.